Welcome to season!  This is an exciting time for you and your family, but you may find this is also a time of unfamiliar and uncharted territory. Your spouse will be busy - very busy - during what is affectionately known as “the season”.  It is during this time that your spouse will be part of rigorous training, physical fitness challenges, seemingly unusual traditions (seriously, what’s with the eggs?), and their physical, mental, and emotional capacities will be tested. 

They are becoming stronger.  They are becoming more determined.  They are learning to work fluidly with those who they will soon call brothers and sisters.  They are becoming United States Navy Chief Petty Officers.

But in the meantime, they are exhausted.  We hope you, as the spouse, have a good support system in place to assist you during this period of transition.  You may have questions, concerns, or frustrations.  You may find yourself angry with the process.  I assure you, this is all very commonplace and you are not alone.

Naval Services FamilyLine, with the assistance of C.O.R.E. units around the world, work collectively to make this process easier for you.  We are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and offer guidance. 

If you did not have a chance to participate in the online webinar or attend an annual CPO Selectee Spouse Conference near you, we encourage you to reach out to Naval Services FamilyLine or your closet C.O.R.E. group.  Additionally, we suggest ordering your copy of Guidelines for the Spouses of CPOs.  The helpful booklet is available for free and is full of everything you need to know from the time the good news is received to the day of the pinning - and beyond! 

Your spouse needs your support and encouragement now more than ever, but you are not to be excluded from needing support, too.  We are always standing at the ready to be of help and are always here for you in friendship and support.  You’ve got this!

Navy Chief, Navy Pride!
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy and his wife, Mrs. Elka Franco-Giordano, share a moment with the CPO Selectee Spouse Conference guests in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano, and his wife, Mrs. Elka Franco-Giordano, share a moment with the CPO Selectee Spouse Conference guests in Virginia Beach, Virginia on August 19, 2017. 

Congratulations, Selectees!

“F5” keys all around the world got a much needed break yesterday afternoon with the release of the FY-14 Active Duty E7 Selection Board Results. This is an exciting time for thousands of sailors as they begin their transition to Chief Petty Officers. Selectee Spouses and seasoned CPO Spouses are encouraged to read the Guidelines for Spouses of Chief Petty Officers. This FamilyLine publication was written by Senior Enlisted Spouses, with help from the MCPON, his wife, and his staff, and designed to answer some of the many questions that arise during the transition and beyond.

The move from first class petty officer to chief is quite possibly the biggest step in an enlisted person’s career. This is also an important change for the spouse. The significance of a Chief’s spouse in the Navy community is that of a role model. With this advancement comes the potential for more responsibility and higher expectations of the spouse.

Often there are events, like the CPO CORE Conference in Hampton Roads on August 24th, that will also provide helpful information to make this transition easier and provide you with tools to be of service to your fellow spouses. Contact your local Fleet and Family Support Center or your local CPO Association for information on events in your area.